The Trafford Park branch of Thomas Hardie Commercials has supplied Manchester-based O’Connor Utilities with its first Volvo truck - a new FH-540 tractor unit.
The vehicle, plated for STGO 80-tonne operations, includes Globetrotter XL cab, D13K engine producing 540hp, I-Shift automated manual transmission and SAF Holland 80-tonne fifth wheel
There are also Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, factory fitted roof bars with LED beacons and air horns as well as custom made chassis side skirts and toolboxes by Burrows Fabrications based in Milnthorpe.
The FH, which will haul low loaders, flats and special types carrying directional drilling equipment, will be the flagship of the Levenshulme operator’s truck fleet of 120.
Stephen Jackson, head of plant and transport at O’Connor Utilities said: “We trialled several demonstrator vehicles from a number of different truck manufacturers, before deciding on a Volvo FH tractor unit in 6x2 tag axle chassis format.
“The new FH will be used right across the UK, so we opted for Volvo’s biggest cab and a high specification interior that includes a rotating passenger seat, microwave oven, fridge and television.
"The chassis tag axle is also proving ideal for manoeuvring in restricted spaces and when running empty it’s being raised to improve fuel economy.”
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